Single National Curriculum; & Pervez Hoodbhoy’s Islamophobia

This post is published with kind permission of Mr. Ubair Khan the original post can be found at the link below..

𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝑨𝑳𝑳 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝑷𝑻𝑰’𝒔 𝑺𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒍𝒆 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑪𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒖𝒎 & 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒛 𝑯𝒐𝒐𝒅𝒃𝒉𝒐𝒚’𝒔 𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕.

Imran Khan’s Government plans to launch a ‘Single National Curriculum’ by March 2021. For this, the Federal Minister of Education had set up a panel of 400+ Experts from all four provinces, AJK & GB, to design this Curriculum.

Dr. Parvez Hoodbhoy, being himself, wrote an extensive article, criticizing this Curriculum & it’s makers. Dr. Mariam Chughtai, Director Chughtai Labs, Doctor of Education (Harvard) & a Professor at LUMS, who was a part of the Cirruculm Making team, stepped forward to answer the allegations of Dr. Hoodbhoy.

Thinkfest , arranged a Video Conference, with both Dr.Chughtai & Dr.Hoodbhoy on the panel and it was expected to be a very interesting & extensive Debate on each aspect of the New Curriculum coming.

BUT, thanks to Hoodbhoy’s arrogance & ill-logics, it turned out to be a vague discussion where it felt that Hoodbhoy NEVER even heard a word Dr. Chugtai said and kept on repeating same one thing with which he started: “PTI is Going to destroy Pakistan through this Single National Curriculum”

Dr. Mariam Chughtai, very explicitly answered his allegations regarding the Cirruculm through the following facts about it:

𝟭. The Single National Curriculum(SNC) only sets a ‘MINIMUM REQUIRMENT’ of Education of Pre-School to Class 5. It determines that what AT LEAST any Maddrassa & any School should teach a student of a particular class.

𝟮. Schools will STILL have an option to teach MORE to their students, they ONLY are not allowed to go below this Minimum Requirement. This SIMPLY clarifies that all Top schools would STILL decide their upper standards themselves.

𝟯. This Committee has designed “Sample Text Books” which covers all the areas of this cirruculm. But Private schools CAN choose their own set of Books, as long as those books are covering the SNC requirements. This means that the top schools, which usually design their own books, would MIGHT have to add up a few things in their books, as per the SNC.

𝟰. Dr. Mariam Chughtai revealed that the Panel of 400 Experts, who worked on it for 18 months, included representatives from Cambridge, Roots IVY, City School & Beaconhouse. She raised a very logical point, that if there was ANYWAY that this SNC would downgrade the Standard of Education at these schools, would these have representatives agreed to it?

𝟱. Thus, since SNC is setting the minimum requirements, It will ONLY “drastically” affect and IMPROVE the standards of those Schools & Maddrassas which were teaching curriculum that’s BELOW the requirements of SNC. Which is DEFINITELY a brilliant thing!

𝟲. Dr.Chughtai, answering to blatant lies of Hoodbhoy clarified that the “Memorization & Recitation” of selective Surahs of Quran has been a COMPULSION in our Educational Cirruculms for last 40 years and its NOT introduced by PTI’s SNC. The only thing SNC has added is the requirement of the TRANSLATION of the Surahs which children would learn.
No sane mind would disagree that understanding the translation of the Quranic Surahs is DEFINITELY MUCH better than reading & memorizing arabic only.

𝟳. Dr.Chugtai further clarified, that the only NEW ISLAMIC THING which SNC has brought, is making compulsory for students to memorize the translations of atleast 20 Hadiths. She explicitly told, that these Hadiths would be selected by the Schools/’Book Designers’ themselves. SNC has ONLY defined the Themes of Hadiths for each class. These themes would be solely based on Moral & Social Values.

𝟴. As Hoodbhoy made it all about Islam, Dr. Chughtai further assured that the Lesson duration of Islamiat is STILL 30 minutes. She further told that all the Islam related topics of Urdu & English have been removed and added to Islamiat, so that Non Muslims aren’t forced to study it. As Non-Muslims will NOT study Islamiat AT ALL.

𝟵. Dr. Chughtai also shared that in the SNC, basics of Entrepreneurship will be taught in Class 5. Which is supremely Brilliant!

𝟭𝟬. Moreover, for like a dozen times Dr. Chughtai said, that A LOT has to be done to reform the Education Sector. Better buildings, better labs, better facilities, trained teachers; But THIS unified cirruculm is a Brilliant First step!

𝟭𝟭. Plus, Dr. Chughtai assured, a couple of times in the session, that there is NO plan of demolishing O/A Level system.

On the other hand, the ‘Mighty’ Parvez Hoodbhoy KEPT ON whining ONLY on one point, “WHY ISLAM?”:
– “𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐇𝐢𝐟𝐳 𝐨𝐟 𝐐𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐡𝐬 & 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐝?”
– “𝐍𝐨 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐆𝐨𝐯𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐮𝐞𝐥 & 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐩𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐝𝐝 𝐇𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐬?”
– “𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦?”
– “𝐏𝐓𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬, 𝐌𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐬”
– “𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐎/𝐀 𝐋𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐬”
– “𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐮𝐦, 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐦𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫”

To all his Anti-Islam Rant, Dr. Chughtai played a master shot and schooled him saying “Religion has been constitutionally a part of our State since ages, if you want to make State & Religion seperate, make a political party on this agenda and see how many Pakistanis vote for you”

But Hoodbhoy didn’t stop here, He called all the 400 Experts, “Bhair Bakriaan” who are being dictated to write this “Fraud”, even after Dr. Mariam clarified everything mentioned above & politely informed Hoodbhoy that some things which he was objecting at, aren’t even IN the Curriculum. To which, Hoodbhoy, arrogantly taunted Mariam to be a ‘Liar’ & ‘Puppet of Agencies’

Parvez Hoodbhoy, is definitely a highly qualified academic genius. But, he is a perfect example of the fact that ‘academic qualifications, doesn’t guarantee an intellectual, logical & sane mind’. As they say, “Taleem Yafta Hunay se Jahalat Nahi Mit’ti”.

Dr.Hoodbhoy proved himself to be an Arrogant Narcissist, who is deep sunk in cheap Superiority Complex & thinks that ONLY he has the absolute knowledge.

But the truth is, Hoodbhoy’s entire intellectualism is driven by his STAUNCH HATRED for Islam, Agencies & Imran Khan. He is a typical “West-Worshiper” with an exteremely colonial & slave mindset. With all this, he has absolutely no logic to offer. Not in this case, not in anycase ever!

Federal Minister of Education, Shafqat Mehmood, brilliantly summed it up, “𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐢𝐟 𝐇𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐛𝐡𝐨𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭”

P.S. This collage perfectly sums up how STUPID Hoodbhoy sounded while making absurd analysis on mere lies and FALSE CLAIMS. This screenshot, is of the moment when he blatantly lied & claimed “80% of SNC is all about Hifz of Quran”, to which Dr. Chugtai was shocked and couldn’t control her smile😂😂

Written by- Ubair Khan

Published with kind permission of Mr. Ubair Khan the original post can be found at the link below..

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